Thursday, January 27, 2022

Sunblogging: Day 10 of the Sundance Film Festival

The sun was out all day today!

Twelve, based on the novel written by acclaimed writer Nick McDonell when he was 17, focuses on the drug culture of upper Eastside New York young people.  The title refers to a fictional super ecstasy type drug.  The film said a lot about bad morals, the idea of celebrity, and, as director Joel Schumacher said, bad parenting.  The film is narrated by Keifer Sutherland and features Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford.  In the end, I liked it better than I thought I would as I was watching it, but I don’t know that it will play well to a large, general audience.

Please Give stars Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt and is a humorous look at the complexity of human relationships. It was well received by the audience and will be in theaters this spring.

Another film purchase was announced today: The Killer Inside Me. Starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson, there was a lot of controversy surrounding this film.  I didn’t see it, but apparently there is some very graphic violence that outraged many attendees.  In fact, at the premiere screening, during the post film Q and A, an audience member stated that she didn’t know how Sundance could have chosen this film: “How dare you? How dare Sundance?” she queried.

The awards were announced today.  I had tickets to four of the winners that will be screened tomorrow, but two of them I have already seen.  The Grand Jury Award for World Cinema went to Animal Kingdom, the Australian film about the sociopathic family of criminals in 198’s Melbourne.  The Audience Award for Drama went to Happythankyoumoreplease, Josh (How I Met your Mother) Radner’s romantic comedy.

Vickie Kelber is familiar to many as an ex-City councillor as well as one who has served in many volunteer positions including work with Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Film Festival, Citizens for a Safer Marco, the Marco Island Historical Society, and the Collier County Environmental Services Turtle Monitoring Program. Before establishing permanent residence in Marco Island with her husband George in 1999, for 25 years she was School Psychologist and Director of Special Services for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Vickie currently enjoys travel, photography, and as you can see, is an avid fan of films.

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